Nielsen set up two goals in Tuesday's 6-1 home win over the Coyotes. Nielsen has turned back the clock as far as his offensive game is concerned. He's picked up eight apples over the last seven games, plus the Wings have six wins over that span, so if you haven't already, check the waiver wire to see if the do-it-all center is available for the taking.
Nielsen recorded a secondary assist in regulation before sealing a 4-3 road win against the Hurricanes with a shootout goal Saturday. Nielsen, who returned from a concussion Friday night against the Rangers, increased his assist total to eight through 13 games, but he has yet to score a goal in a non-shootout situation this season. Still, the first Danish citizen to make it into the NHL continues to set the standard for skaters in the skills competition, as he leads the league in that category with 49 daggers.
Nielsen (concussion) is slated to return Friday against the Rangers. Nielsen was on a roll with four assists over as many games prior to sustaining his injury. The Wings deploy the Dane in all situations -- including the power play and penalty kill -- but seldom has he been a difference maker in fantasy matchups. Nielsen has zero goals, with six helpers representing his entire point total as he works against a minus-7 rating this season.
Nielsen is going through concussion protocol with hopes of returning to action Friday against the Rangers, Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News reports. Nielsen's ownership rates in fantasy have dropped precipitously since he moved on from the Islanders following the 2015-16 campaign. The shootout specialist averaged 0.58 points per game as the sidekick to John Tavares over a decade's worth of service time with the Isles, but he's at a 0.47 PPG mark over 169 contests with the Wings. Nielsen is extremely versatile and remains an important special teams contributor for a Wings team searching for a new identity after Henrik Zetterberg was forced to retire due to chronic back trouble, but between his inconsistent play and an uphill battle overcoming a concussion issue, fantasy owners can leave him on the waiver wire in most settings until he sustains offensive success.
Nielsen (undisclosed) is awaiting "final clearance" in his recovery from injury and could be in the lineup Tuesday versus the Canucks, Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News reports. The Red Wings' center has missed three games but appears to be on the verge of returning to game action. Nielsen, despite having 152 goals for his career, has yet to score in 2018-19 but does have six helpers in 11 games. He remains day-to-day, but all signs point to him playing this week, possibly as early as Tuesday.
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